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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Williams claims familiarity with weightlifting

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

On Monday, we discussed the rather stunning note about Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams in SI.com NFL columnist Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column. In case you need a refresher, here's what someone close to Williams told King:

"I'm serious,'' the person close to Williams told King. "Roy never lifted before. Now that he has, and now that he's serious about making himself a great football player, especially with T.O. gone, I think he's really going to have a good year.''

Knowing that Williams played in one of the most storied high school football programs in the nation (Odessa (Texas) Permian) and that he then attended a university rumored to have rather posh workout facilities (Texas), I found it very hard to believe that the wide receiver hadn't "lifted before." 

King has since written a clarification of the note -- in his Tuesday mailbag column: "I should clarify to say that, obviously, he has lifted weights before. What he hadn't done before this year with the Dallas Cowboys is stay in a program consistently for an entire off-season or be devoted to lifting during a season."

The folks down in Austin were not pleased to read the quote in King's original note, and the sports information director at Texas, John Bianco, sent out his own clarification to several reporters on behalf of the school's well-known strength and conditioning coach Jeff "Mad Dog" Madden. To this point, we haven't heard from our friends at Odessa Permian, the subject of one of the greatest sports books of all-time (in my opinion), "Friday Night Lights." 

Here's what Williams told Tim MacMahon's Cowboys Blog: "That's trying to find something to make something negative out of me once again. I started lifting weights in the seventh grade."

Per Bianco, Williams increased his weight from 190 pounds to 215 pounds during his time in Austin and his bench press from 205 to 345. OK, go back to whatever it was you were doing. I'll have more as the day unfolds -- maybe.